Archbishop Coakley on the death of Father Roberto Quant:

“We will feel his absence deeply”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (May 7, 2013) – The Reverend Roberto Quant, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and pastor of Sacred Heart parish at Shartel Ave. and SW 26th St., died unexpectedly May 6.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said the members of the archdiocese – and most especially the parishioners of Sacred Heart parish – will miss his joyful presence.

“Father Roberto Quant was such a joyful priest,” Archbishop Coakley said. “He often mentioned to his friends that he considered it among his greatest blessings to have been called to the priesthood and to have had the opportunity to serve in that way – and he lived his vocation to the fullest.

He leaves behind him a rich legacy. As a priest, a son, brother and friend, he enriched the lives of those around him with his delightfully animated intelligence and abiding good spirits. As the beloved pastor of Sacred Heart parish, he attended to the spiritual needs of more than 8,000 parishioners with generosity and a smile. As the judicial vicar in the provincial tribunal, he was an effective and amiable colleague. We will all miss him.

As Catholic Christians, we believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Father Roberto shared this faith and hope. As his unexpected death brings home for us the fragile hold we have on this life, we are especially grateful for God’s faithfulness. God has revealed Himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ, who suffered, died and rose from the dead more than 2,000 years ago so that, today, we might have the hope of a life of eternal communion with God, who is love.”

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Arzobispo Coakley sobre la muerte del Padre Roberto Quant:

"Vamos a sentir su ausencia profundamente"

OKLAHOMA CITY (7 de mayo de 2013) - El reverendo Roberto Quant, un sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de Oklahoma City y párroco de la parroquia del Sagrado Corazón en Shartel Ave y SW 26th St., murió inesperadamente este 6 de mayo.

El Reverendísimo Pablo S. Coakley, Arzobispo de Oklahoma City, dijo que los miembros de la arquidiócesis - y muy especialmente los feligreses de la parroquia del Sagrado Corazón - extrañarán su presencia alegre.

"El padre Roberto Quant fue un sacerdote muy alegre", dijo el Arzobispo Coakley. "A menudo le mencionaba a sus amigos que él consideraba que entre sus más grandes bendiciones había sido su llamado al sacerdocio y el tener la oportunidad de servir de esta manera - y él vivió su vocación al máximo.




Oklahoma Catholics observe 62nd National Day of Prayer

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 2, 2013) -- Today marks the 62nd National Day of Prayer, an observance celebrated annually on the first Thursday of May. Created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, the day is an occasion to invite people of all faiths to join in prayer for the nation. At the encouragement of Father Stephen Bird, director of the Office of Worship and Spiritual Life of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Catholics throughout the archdiocese will today pray the “official” prayer of the 2013 National Day of Prayer, which follows:



Catholic Advocacy Day to explore intersection of faith and politics

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (April 8, 2013) – Responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

To promote that virtue and assist Oklahomans in the fulfillment of that moral obligation, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will sponsor “Catholics Living Justice Day” from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Governor’s Blue Room on the second floor of the State Capitol building.

“This advocacy day gives Catholics across the state the opportunity to discuss together the intersection of our Catholic faith with matters pending in the public square,” said Becky VanPool, director of parish outreach and program development at Catholic Charities.



Archbishop Coakley on new pope: “This is a moment of great joy”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March 13, 2013) – At 1:06 p.m. CST today in Vatican City, white smoke rose from the smokestack of the Sistine Chapel, signifying the election of the next pope. Shortly thereafter, from the loggia over St. Peter’s Square, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran – the senior cardinal deacon -- pronounced “Habemus papam!” (“We have a pope!”) and introduced the former Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as Pope Francis. From Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas in the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said this is a moment of great joy for Catholics in Oklahoma and around the world.

“Ever since Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced his plans to resign, the more than 115,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City have been praying for the cardinal electors and for whomever they would choose as Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church,” Archbishop Coakley said.



Archbishop Coakley on helicopter crash: "Our love and concern go out to all affected"

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Feb. 22, 2013) – Around 5:45 a.m. Feb. 22, a medical helicopter crashed between the Saint Ann Retirement Center and the Saint Ann Nursing Home. Three crew members were on board. Two were killed in the crash and the third has been hospitalized in critical condition. No one on the ground was killed or seriously harmed.

“This is a painful tragedy for all affected, and our love and concern immediately go out to the victims of the crash and their families,” said the most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. “We pray for peace and comfort for those who grieve the loss of the two crew members who died. We hope and pray, too, that the critically injured crew member makes a full recovery.



Archbishop Paul S. Coakley responds to the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Feb. 11, 2013) – The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, made the following statement today on the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month:

“Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign the papal office on Feb. 28.  He has cited his concern that his diminishing energies and advanced age no longer allow him to adequately discharge the heavy responsibilities entrusted to him as Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church.